June 30: Palo Alto Concours d’Elegance Rolls to the San Mateo Event Center!

Posted on May 24, 2013


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It’s going to be a great day of fun and entertainment for EVERYONE!

The Concours provides access to the past, present and ongoing evolution of the world of automotive history and innovation. Both present and future generations of car enthusiasts will be awed by the exhibition of rare, exotic and highly collectible automobiles from both the US and around the world.

As a result of the change in venue from Stanford Campus to the San Mateo Event Center, attendees can look forward to an expanded array of food, wine,beverages, exhibitors, vendors and entertainment. Also, spotlighted will be a wide range of rare, vintage and special interest cars • the “Corral” for car owners who just want to “show off” their cars • car club displays • prototypes • rare collector cars • Gallery of the Greats • high performance cars • multi-million dollar cars • new car dealer exhibits • Stanford Rev’s Program display • high school auto shop car projects • cars for sale by owner • seminars and FREE exhibit tours will be conducted by docents of the Blackhawk Museum.

History of the Concours (from their website, www.paconcours.com)

The inaugural edition in 1967 of the Concours d’Elegance was called the “El Palo Alto Concours” and was held in the parking lot at Town & Country Village. It attracted only a handful of cars — and lost $1400. There was serious discussion of abandoning the event. Cooler heads advised patience,and with help from dedicated community leaders like veteran Lion, George Paddleford, future editions were launched. For the next six years, they were held at El Camino Park and enjoyed relatively better success.  

In 1974, because of City park renovations the Concours moved to Palo Alto Alto School.  And after that, and successful negotiations with the Stanford Buck Cardinal Club, in 1981, the Concours moved to the fields next to Stanford Football Stadium.  These intramural fields on El Camino Real would become the home of the Concours for the next 16 years.  From there the Concours moved the Stanford Pasteur Road  Soccer practice field which was the Concours home until June of 2012.

In 1996 changes were made and the Concours was taken to the next level.  A key goal was to boost attendance by establishing an annual “Featured Marque”.  These would be glamorous exotics, with the first one chosen the Lamborghini.

That year the largest grouping of Lamborghini’s ever assembled gathered on the Concours field.  The following year the Featured Marque was Ferrari – an even bigger hit! And, in the third year it was Porsche. 

From there, the reputation of the Palo Alto Concours d’Elegance grew.  Each year, more special exhibits and events were added. The “Gallery of the Greats” and pre-event tour called The Drive,  Japanese “rice rockets”  retro-look cars, vintage travel trailers and collectible military vehicles – any genre that would appeal to the general car-enthusiast audience.  From there the Concours has grown to be one of the most prestigious Concours d’Elegance events in the Bay Area.

The Concours is a charitable event, hosted by the Palo Alto Lions Club.  Founded in 1917, the Lions are best known for fighting blindness.  It’s a part of their history as well as their work today.  They also volunteer for many different kinds of community projects, including caring for the environment, feeding the hungry and aiding seniors and the disabled.  Lions Club International is the world’s largest service club organization with 1.35 million members in more than 46,000 clubs worldwide. Lions Club International develops leaders who serve at every level of their organization and oversee everything from local membership to the organization’s international direction.

jeanThe 2013 Featured Charity to which proceeds from the Concours will benefit is the Jean Weingarten Peninsula Oral School of the Deaf.  JWPOSD in Redwood City is a not-for-profit state accredited non-public school teaching children with hearing loss to listen, think and talk through intensive speech/language therapy and the development of listening skills.  Established in 1967, the program focuses on the development of auditory, language, speech and cognitive skills in children with hearing aids and cochlear implants.  JWPOSD is committed to providing a model of excellence in auditory oral education dedicated to meet the needs of deaf and hard of hearing children and their families who value and nurture the development of each child’s self esteem, imagination and creativity and to assist each child in developing to their fullest potential in order to access mainstream education and integrate into the community at large.

Here are highlights from last year’s final event held at Stanford University:

Date and Time:  Sunday, Jun 30 9:30a to 4:30p

Admission:  $25 in advance, and $3o on the Day of.  Children under 16 years old are FREE when accompanied by a parent.  For more information or to order advance tickets, please visit:  www.paconcours.com

Parking:  Sponsored parking, with admission

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